Moodus: The Place of Noises

With a small population of 1400, the quiet village of Moodus in the town of East Haddam usually sits quiet…but recently, it’s been anything but that.

James Ventres, Land Use Administrator, East Haddam “Two or three years ago we had a pretty good one that let it loose and in fact I live on ledge, I live in Moodus, I actually thought my stone foundation fell out from underneath the house.”

And that seismic activity has been busy for quite some time. The village, originally named “Machimoodus”, or the place of noises got it’s name by Native American tribes who spoke of loud rumblings, or earthquakes, called the Moodus noises.

James Ventres, Land Use Administrator, East Haddam Back in the 1600s it was told to the settlers here, that they believed that this place, Machimoodus State Forest was where the noises originated from.

The Native Americans believed that these noises were caused by the god Hobomoko, who was said to be a very violent god. The tribes thought that when the first Puritan settlers came to the area in the 1600s, Satan himself was rattling the countryside.

The land surrounding Moodus, which is now Haddam and East Haddam was purchased from Native Americans in 1662 for 30 coats, worth about $100.

The worst earthquake in Connecticut’s recorded history happened in the town of East Haddam back in 1791, knocking tops of chimneys off and shaking stone walls down.

Dr. Jeffrey Park, Yale University “It’s quite common in New England if you have a smaller earthquake, maybe magnitude two or magnitude three, that you have one and you’re done. But to have a cluster of them, it’s not too surprising, it just doesn’t happen that often here”

It’s been an active seismic pattern in Connecticut, but what’s causing this, and will we continue to see more quakes? CLICK HERE for more info.

I’m Meteorologist Sam Kantrow, NEWS8

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